For my first wedding related post, I’ve decided to tackle budget-friendly flower girl fashion. My inspiration for this post came when my daughter was asked to be a FG for a wedding that was a couple of weeks away. Once the bride chose the dress, I tried to find one in my daughter’s size and was told that it should have been ordered 12 weeks in advance…and I was sent away with my tail between my legs!!! I had to shop, and shop hard! The first place I looked was David’s Bridal, where I found a few cute dresses, but they were all too big for Chloe. At that point I was forced to draw upon my inner craftiness and decided to hit the streets of downtown LA’s fashion district – and BINGO, I hit the jackpot!!! I was pleasantly surprised to find TONS of stores with lots of formal & dressy children’s clothing. I was looking for something simple, flowy, and girly. I found a beautiful organza dress for only $25 bucks! Seriously! Next on the list were the shoes and again, I found lots to choose from. I ended up buying her a pair of adorable ivory ballet flats – super comfortable – for only $9!!!! Lastly, she wanted a fancy tiara for her hair. It took me a little longer to find this item at a good price and most of the ones that I found were too gaudy. But again, I succeeded in finding just the right one, for only $8!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get business cards for the exact stores that I shopped, but they are all bunched together around Pico & Maple in Downtown LA. Don’t be deterred by stores that are advertised as wholesale, just ask the salesperson if they do retail sales too. I haven’t found one in a while that is truly wholesale only. This a definitely a great resource for those of you in the LA area, right??? While you’re there, you should definitely make a day of it and check out the discount party décor – you can get great favor ideas, supplies and even find shops that will custom make them for you at a great price. I’ve seen lots of great deals on other hair goods and headpieces, costume jewelry, adorable beaded handbags…the selection is exhausting!
If going straight to the source isn't an option for you, I've found a site that also has adorable, inexpensive dresses. Pink Princess is an LA based store that offers free shipping, free returns, and same-day shipping on most orders PLUS a great selection of dresses...and even a pretty large sale item section! There's even a great printable checklist to help you organize your flower girl shopping and another page that teaches your how to tie the perfect bow!!!